THE MONSTER IN 3-B (Episode P102a)

The beginning of the new school year brings the Howards new neighbors that the animals are, at first, nervous to meet.

Clifford's Big Idea: Have RespectClifford's Idea to Grow On: Have Respect

It's quite normal to be apprehensive about meeting someone new, especially someone that appears different! Learning to appreciate, respect, and understand social diversity is just the beginning of a child's journey to become socially and culturally mature. The following activities nurture:

  • understanding and appreciating diversity skills
  • physical and motor skills
  • critical thinking and problem solving skills

Planting Seeds of FriendshipPlanting Seeds of Friendship

Showing someone new that you appreciate and welcome them is a great way to start a friendship. Help your child plant a small container with something that will bear fruit or flower with little maintenance. Make a small flag with the wording "New Friends" or "Welcome!" to stick in the planted pot. Accompany your child to meet and greet the new neighbor. After delivering the plant, discuss other ways that you and your child could show others that you welcome and respect them.

A Simple Lesson from Vegetable SoupA Simple Lesson from Vegetable Soup

Invite your child to help in preparing homemade vegetable soup. As you add tomatoes, carrots, onions, roast or stew meat, corn, celery, salt, and pepper into soup pot, discuss how these colorful and diverse flavors work together to create delicious soup. Then encourage your child to think about how this mixture of ingredients compares to the mixture of cultures, making up communities around the world. What if there were only carrots or onions in the soup? What if every person was exactly the same? How would our world be different? Would it be a better or worse place to live? Explain that it's the diverse, or different, mixture of people (society) and traditions (culture) that "give flavor" to our world in such an interesting and wonderful way.

Suggested StorybooksSuggested Storybooks

To learn more about diverse cultures around the world read:
Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World by Maya Ajmera, Anna Rhesa Versola, Marian Wright Edelman

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